Paleonet: Fwd:Macroevolution in R Short Course: Call for Applicants

David Bapst dwbapst at
Thu Apr 19 03:32:59 GMT 2012

I just wanted to call attention to this short course on phylogenetic
comparative methods being held this summer, which is now calling for
students to apply. I participated last year and it was an incredible
educational experience, with a great mixture of both paleontology and
biology students. They are particularly looking for individuals from
underrepresented groups in science this year. The link is below, along
with the summary from the course webpage. The deadline is coming up
quick, though: April 30th!
-Dave Bapst, UChicago

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From: Michael Lynch Alfaro <evileyeblaasop at>
Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

We are pleased to announce an intensive short course on using R to
perform comparative methods to be held in Santa Barbara on June 11th
to June 15th. This course is funded by the National Science
Foundation, and a number of stipends to cover or defray travel, room,
and board are available to qualified students and post-docs. Topics
covered will include an introduction to the R programming language,
tree manipulation, independent contrasts and phylogenetic generalized
least squares, ancestral state reconstruction, models of character
evolution, diversification analyses, and community phylogenetic
analysis. If you are interested please submit your CV along with a
short (maximum 1 page) description of your research interests,
background, and reasons for taking the course. Admission is
competitive, and the best applications come from students with data
sets to analyze. International applicants are welcome.

To apply visit this URL:

Application deadline: April 30th.

Individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic and
socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in
science are especially encouraged to apply.

Please contact the co-organizers, Michael Alfaro
(michaelalfaro at and Luke Harmon (lukeh at with any

David Bapst
Dept of Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
5734 S. Ellis
Chicago, IL 60637

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